Quotes, 2018 Edition, Volume T

Paul Tassi
“This is a negotiation where at any time, your customer could just go download the damn movie for free, and they’re doing you a favor by even considering picking it up legally.”

Hunter S. Thompson
“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.”

John Toland
“as our Prejudices govern us, ’tis next to impossible we should ever truly discern who is the innocent or guilty Person, who has got the better or the worse of any Cause; since our first Question is not what a Man has done or how, but who or whence he is? being ready to approve or condemn, to read over his Book or to throw it away, according to the faction or Party he espouses. This surely is neither fair nor manly dealing: and I hope no body will pretend that it is the way to discover truth.” (Letters to Serena (1704), letter 1, sect. 12)

Leo Tolstoy
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (Anna Karenina)
“War is not a courtesy but the most horrible thing in life; and we ought to understand that, and not play at war. We ought to accept this terrible necessity sternly and seriously. It all lies in that: get rid of falsehood and let war be war and not a game. As it is now, war is the favourite pastime of the idle and frivolous.” (War and Peace)
“The sanctification of political power by Christianity is blasphemy; it is the negation of Christianity.”
“For a Christian the oath of allegiance to any government whatever — the very act which is regarded as the foundation of the existence of a state — is a direct renunciation of Christianity.”
“Christianity in its true sense puts an end to government. So it was understood at its very commencement; it was for that cause that Christ was crucified.”
“Government is violence, Christianity is meekness, non-resistance, love. And, therefore, government cannot be Christian, and a man who wishes to be a Christian must not serve government”

Truthy (Dailynous)
“The number and quality of publications you need to get a job is inversely proportional to the prestige of your pedigree and the power of your advisor. ‘Thanks’ to this, if you’re philosophically well-bred you’ll be able to sit on your work for ages, and so eventually publish something pretty good. Then people will pat you on the back for not being one of those low class rubes who publish lots of meaningless filler, as if they had bills to pay or something.”

Ivan Turgenev
“Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.”

Mark Twain
“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
“Unquestionably, the popular thing in this world is novelty.”

“Honestly, I think he bumped into a different effect…the death of the hard sell. Everyone in the US knows of the hard sell now, and has become embittered by it to a degree, the younger generation especially. The people who just can’t hang up on a telemarketer are fewer and farther between. However, sales strategies, management books, etc still emphasize pushing for a sale. A lot of companies still do this in internal strategizing, even if some of the workers realize how futile it is. I had the dubious pleasure of working for Circuit City a little bit before they went under, and they were particularly bad about this. I had another, much better paying job, and gave no fucks about their strategy. Instead, I mostly just bullshitted with the customers, answered questions when asked, and never, ever asked them to buy anything. I outsold the rest of the entire department. Man walks into an electronics store, he’s there to buy electronics. You don’t need to convince him to do so, you just need to not fuck it up.”

Mike Tyson
“When you see me smash somebody’s skull, you enjoy it.”

Hsun Tzu
“The learning of the petty person enters his ear and goes out his mouth. The learning of the true scholar enters his ear, clings to his mind, spreads through his four limbs, and manifests itself in all his actions.”

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